Monthly Archives: June 2013

Confederate invasion of York County no longer a rumor.

They really had come. York was occupied by thousands of Confederate troops. When the columns of soldiers marched into town that Sunday morning, the 28th of June, it was finally realized by all that the warnings and alarms were real … Continue reading

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A strong appeal to enlist and defend York County–June 1863

The January 23, 1863 weekly York Gazette carried an eloquent plea for immediate enlistment to defend the area from the invading Confederate army. The writer simply signed himself “YORK.” It is transcribed below in its entirety, along with the author’s … Continue reading

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York citizens make plans for defense against Confederate invasion

York town fathers are getting the picture–the Rebels are coming–soon. So it is time to make some plans, as reported below in the June 23, 1863 issue of the weekly York Gazette: TOWN MEETING–Pursuant to call, a Town Meeting assembled … Continue reading

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“Excitement in York” June 1863

The editors of the June 23, 1863 issue of the weekly York Gazette realized that they might soon have some southern visitors very soon. This time they wrote their own article, instead of reprinting one from another newspaper in the … Continue reading

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You can be a part of the Confederate Invasion of York on Thursday June 27

Tomorrow I will resume my series, based on June 1863 issues of the York Gazette, on the impending crisis as the Confederate Army came closer and closer to York County. In the meantime, mark your calendar for the event above. … Continue reading

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York Gazette tries to clarify the 1863 Conscription Act

In a post last week I transcribed an article from the June 9, 1863 York Gazette explaining how the Enrollment Act/Conscription Law/Draft would work. The June 16 Gazette carried two smaller articles with further clarification: The Enrollment Act (datelined Washington)–It … Continue reading

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York County hears call “To Arms! To Arms!”

The June 16, 1863 weekly York Gazette carried the article below copied from the Harrisburg Telegraph newspaper the day before. Citizens of south central Pennsylvania were beginning to realize the imminent threat of invasion was very real. To Arms! To … Continue reading

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Civil War newspapers fan the flames of partisanship

Passions were running high that spring and summer of 1863. The York Gazette was strongly Democratic in politics, very anti-abolitionist and anti-Lincoln. The destruction by a mob of another Democratic paper in Pennsylvania, the Huntingdon Monitor, didn’t intimidate the Gazette … Continue reading

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York County, with the rest of the North, apprehensive about the 1863 draft

The June 9, 1863 York Gazette explained the recently passed Enrollment Act (Conscription Act). The enrollment was being implemented, to be followed soon by the conscription (draft). You can see why this contributed to the Civil War sometimes being called … Continue reading

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June 1863 news from the York Gazette

War news was summarized as usual in the June 9, 1863 weekly issue of the York Gazette. Reports came in from Vicksburg; Franklin, Tenn. and the lower Mississippi. Little did they know that in less than three weeks war news … Continue reading

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